Make the Holidays Special – Pinterest Board Highlights

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Have you entered our inspirational “Make the Holidays Special” Pinterest challenge yet? We have truly enjoyed experiencing all your beautiful boards so far! From gorgeous decorations to scrumptious treats, the ideas you’ve Pinned will certainly help make the holidays special for many. As part of our challenge, we’re awarding four winners with $200 each to [...]

Holiday Tea Party: Teaching Manners & Making Memories!

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The holiday season brings a whole host of entertaining events for families. When we were little, my mom diligently worked with my sister and me to ensure we had impeccable table manners and social skills. For some reason I find myself struggling to instill those same lessons in my own small girls. While ordinary meals [...]

The “Creative Play, Every Day” Challenge from Melissa & Doug and CafeMom

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We are excited to announce that—starting today—Melissa & Doug and CafeMom are launching our Creative Play, Every Day Challenge!   For the next 10 days, we’re inviting you to explore the joys of creative play with your children! Why “Creative Play”? At Melissa & Doug, we believe that “real play”—open-ended, non-judgmental playtime driven by imagination—is [...]

Thanksgiving Thank You Cards: A Simple Lesson in Gratitude

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Teaching your children about gratitude is not easy, but Thanksgiving is a great time to try. We made these simple thank you cards to thank others for things that [...]

Happy Thanksgiving Week! (The View from the Kids’ Table)

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We love Thanksgiving! What a special time to come together, reflect on the happiness in our lives, make handprint turkeys…. Most of all, it’s so much fun to focus on the best things in life: our family and friends! In that spirit, this week we’re shining a spotlight on our friends across the country with [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: Traveling with Kids

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For all you traveling families this holiday season, this week we’ve been sharing some tips and activities on the Melissa & Doug blog to help keep the kids entertained (and you sane!) while on the road. In case you missed any of this week’s Travel posts, here’s a quick roundup!  To add to these ideas, [...]

5 Fun Fall Activities to Embrace (Before Winter Comes!)

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This post is from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom and Dad Autumn. One of my favorite times of year – the fiery bursts of color. The kiss of crisp air. The tickle of leaves. With the excitement of a toddler discovering the changing seasons, we’ve been on a mission to [...]

5 Travel Strategies for Families

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re sharing all the ways your family can stay entertained (and sane) while traveling during the holidays. Today, we have 5 easy activities for your kids to enjoy while on-the-go! What would you add to this list? E-mail your suggestions or family travel photos to socialmedia@MelissaAndDoug.com for a [...]

Three Letter-Writing Activities for Little Travelers

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Some say the art of writing letters is lost, but not us! We love the skills letter-writing can build in children, including spelling practice, storytelling, imaginative play, and more. The holidays are a perfect time to build this skill as many families hit the road! While traveling, children can write letters to friends and relatives [...]